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Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

The year-to-date has been the sixth warmest on record globally, and July was also the 6th-warmest such month since global surface temperature records first began in 1880, according to new data, released on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The figures show that July 2013 was the 37th straight July, and the 341st… Read More

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

A taskforce created by President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy has issued a report with 69 policy initiatives centered around one major recommendation: to construct stronger buildings in anticipation of more extreme storms. The report, published on Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, had 69 policy recommendations — some … Read More

Methane Cuts Not Enough to Keep Warming in Check

Methane Cuts Not Enough to Keep Warming in Check

It’s going to take more than slashing methane emissions and releases of soot into the air to curb a warming climate. That’s the conclusion of a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study released this week, saying methane and soot emissions need to be cut in addition to carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More

Floods May Cost Coastal Cities $60 Billion a Year by 2050

Floods May Cost Coastal Cities $60 Billion a Year by 2050

A little bit of sea level rise could go a long way to increasing flood risk for the globe’s coastal cities. New research finds it’s possible to reduce that risk, but not make it disappear completely. It also finds that cities not typically thought of as sea level rise and flooding hot spots will actually be some of the biggest losers in a ...… Read More

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

All sorts of news on drought, two interactives plus a drought map, and a sinking Alaska town. … Read More

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

Stand by for extreme weather. Prepare for heat waves on a scale that was once unprecedented. For once, there are no “ifs” in the forecast, no caveats about modeling business-as-usual-scenarios rather than dramatic reductions of emissions for near-term warming Even if governments abandon fossil fuels everywhere, immediately, and invest only in gree… Read More

Fracking In Spotlight in Texas as Ample Oil, No Water

Fracking In Spotlight in Texas as Ample Oil, No Water

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water. "The day that … Read More